WHO WE ARE - Principal's Welcome

Introducing our Principal

Hugo de Ridder was first appointed in 2001 as the Head of our Secondary School and later in 2005, was appointed as Principal. With over 30 years experience as an educator and leader in both state and Christian Schools, Hugo is committed to the wholistic education afforded by Christian Education.

He also has a keen desire to see children and young people grow and mature in a safe, nurturing environment, where success of the individual is based on personal excellence and the contribution to the whole.

A strong and approachable leader, Hugo inspires his staff to share his passion for equipping students to become positive Christian role models and influencers with purpose and enthusiasm.

Principal’s welcome


Principal, Mr Hugo de Ridder

The decision on where you educate your children is not an easy one and should never be taken lightly. Unfortunately, we often give more consideration to where our vehicles are serviced than where, and who we partner with us, to educate our children.

Education is a life long journey and compulsory schooling is but a portion of this journey. The 14 years your child spends at school will shape their values, fashion their character and influence their passion for learning. Once said it takes a village to raise a child is never truer than today. Growing up is best in community where significant learning can take place.

As a father and husband, I would share about the values and ethics of our school community. As a grandparent, I would extol our safe, caring and nurturing environment. As an educator, I would emphasize our high expectations for teaching and learning; our pastoral care; our support and extension programs; our mission and leadership initiatives, and our sports and music program to name but a few.

Finally, as the Principal of Grace Christian School, I warmly invite you to come and see our school and meet with us in person. We would be only too happy to show you our school community. 

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